Queens Museum reinstates event celebrating Israel

Queens Museum reinstates event marking resolution that called for Israel's establishment.

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The Queens Museum has reversed its decision to renege on an earlier agreement for Israel’s Mission to the United Nations to hold an event celebrating 70 years to the UN resolution which called for the establishment of the Jewish state, the Israeli Mission said on Wednesday.

This decision followed strong protests by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and the pro-Israel community in New York. The structure, which today houses the Museum, served as UN headquarters from 1946 to1950.

Danon welcomed the decision, saying, “We welcome this step by the Museum to rectify their earlier unfortunate decision. Any attempt to discriminate against Israel is completely unacceptable and we will continue to fight against such injustices. We look forward to proudly celebrating this historic UN decision.”

Danon earlier on Wednesday blasted the museum’s decision to cancel the event, calling for the dismissal of the Museum’s director, who has edited a book in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement.

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) also criticized the Queens Museum’s decision to cancel the event earlier on Wednesday.

"Personally, I do not see how this project is ‘political.’ How is commemorating a major world event that took place in Queens and the UN’s establishment of one of America’s closest allies political?” said Meng, who added, "The museum and Israeli Mission already agreed to this reenactment of the UN vote, and planning for it was well underway before the museum backtracked.”

"The museum should reverse its decision and allow the event to take place as scheduled."